News en Three of the Dirty Dozen: Dedicated TCS, Nissan USA and Pilgrim’s Pride <div class="field-deck"> The most recent statistics (for 2015) report 4,836 deaths due to workplace trauma and an estimated 95,000 additional deaths due to long-term occupational illnesses. These employers contributed to those numbers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Preventable and tragic incidents happen each day in American workplaces. In a country that likes to pride itself on being ahead of the game, there are 100,000 fatalities a year that are the direct result of workers being exposed to hazards.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:34:00 +0000 54681 at National COSH CSB: Fatal Airgas Nitrous Oxide Explosion Was No Laughing Matter <div class="field-deck"> The Chemical Safety Board has released its final report into an Aug. 28, 2016 nitrous oxide explosion at an Airgas manufacturing facility in Cantonment, Fla. which killed one worker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Aug. 28, 2016, an Airgas employee began the process of transferring nitrous oxide into a trailer. A pump being used in the operation heated the gas above its safe operating limit, triggering the nitrous oxide to rapidly decompose in the pump.</p> <p>The reaction then moved from the pump into the trailer and caused an explosion which killed the Airgas operator, scattered large metal fragments for hundreds of feet.</p> <p>The facility also was badly damaged, and Airgas had to stop production of nitrous oxide indefinitely.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:40:00 +0000 54671 at Jeremy Bethancourt Named 2017 ASSE Safety Professional of the Year <div class="field-deck"> ASSE selects Bethancourt, director of safety, health and training for LeBlanc Building Co. Inc., for bringing attention to the dangers of distracted driving, heat stress and for being an advocate for fall prevention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has named &nbsp;Jeremy Bethancourt, director of safety, health and training for LeBlanc Building Co. Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., as the organization&rsquo;s 2017 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year.</p> <p>Besides holding the position of government affairs for ASSE&rsquo;s Arizona chapter, Bethancourt has played &nbsp;a lead role in getting billboards posted throughout Arizona to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:40:00 +0000 54661 at He Died Standing: Tales from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ <div class="field-deck"> National COSH solicited input from its network of 21 COSH groups around the country as well as worker advocates and labor groups to determine the 12 employers who most egregiously put their employees and communities at risk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The &quot;Dirty Dozen 2017&quot; report &ndash; which highlights 12 companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe&nbsp;practices &ndash; was released on April 26 in observance of Workers&rsquo; Memorial Week, which honors workers who lost their lives on the job and their families.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:20:00 +0000 54651 at <p>OSHA released a white paper in 2012 that estimated the total cost of a workplace fatality &ndash; legal costs, medical costs, training, lost productivity, etc. &ndash; at $8.7 million.</p> Roger Kerson/National COSH Worker Memorial Day: A Somber Reminder of the Importance of Workplace Safety <div class="field-deck"> Fallen workers from all walks of life will be remembered during an April 27 ceremony at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ building in Tumwater. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Eight truck drivers, five loggers, two nurses, a police officer, a fire chief and a flagger are among the 79 people who died from work-related causes who will be honored at this year&rsquo;s Worker Memorial Day observance by the Washington State Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I).</p> <p>The men and women range in age from 19 to 90 and did all types of work, including retail clerk, business owner, farmworker, chiropractor and arborist.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:41:00 +0000 54641 at <p>Eight work-related deaths last year in Washington were homicides, the highest number since 2009.</p> Thinkstock AFL-CIO: Latino Worker Death Rate Climbs, Regulations to Protect Workers in Jeopardy <div class="field-deck"> Peg Seminario, AFL-CIO’s director of safety and health, indicates that economic growth coupled with a changing political climate could be the reasons why certain demographics have higher fatality rates in the workplace. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>AFL-CIO has released the 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;edition of its&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect&quot; report which investigates the current state of health and safety for America&#39;s workers.</p> <p>Comprehensive analysis was performed on 2015 data pulled from sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA. The most recent data discovered that while the number of worker deaths flatlined overall, the fatality rate of America&#39;s Latino workers was at 18 percent higher than the national average.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News Wellness Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:57:00 +0000 54631 at Thinkstock May Is Electrical Safety Month [Infographic] <div class="field-deck"> Ground fault circuit interrupters have saved thousands of lives since their introduction in 1970s. This infographic shows why. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since their introduction in to the National Electrical Code in the 1970s, ground fault circuit interrupters have saved thousands of lives. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50% of home electrocutions have been prevented by the introduction of GFCIs.</p> <p>The Electrica Safety Foundation International wants you to make sure your home is properly protected against ground faults with the correct installation of GFCIs. GFCI protection is required for outlets installed in:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consensus Safety Arc Flash News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:57:00 +0000 54621 at ESFI Judge: Two Companies Operated as Single Employer at Worksite Where Employees Were Injured <div class="field-deck"> An OSHA administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that two Massachusetts contractors – A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvements – were operating as a single employer at a worksite when three employees were injured in October 2014. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three employees at a Wenham, Mass., worksite were performing residential roofing work on a ladder jack scaffold when the wooden plank on which they were standing snapped, causing them to fall 20 feet to the ground. An OSHA investigation found that the wooden plank was not graded for scaffold use and its invoice made clear it was not for scaffold use. Other hazards noted during the OSHA inspection included deficiencies with the scaffold&rsquo;s components and structure and lack of fall protection for the employees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:00 +0000 54611 at Construction Companies Cited for Power Line Incident <div class="field-deck"> Power lines and cranes continue to be a deadly combination on work sites, and two Washington state contractors have been cited for an incident that severely injured workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Two King County (Washington) contractors face large fines from the state&rsquo;s Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) for safety violations after a crane boom made contact with high-voltage power lines at a construction site in Seattle. Two workers were severely injured during the incident, when approximately 14 kilovolts traveled down the crane&rsquo;s hoist line to the men working below the power lines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety Arc Flash News Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:00 +0000 54591 at <p>The danger from a crane contacting overhead power lines is well-known. From 1999-2012, there were nine deaths in Washington from crane contacts with power lines, including a double fatality in 2010.</p> Thinkstock Survey Examines Advantages of Integrated Eye, Head and Face Protection <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Gordon and Lee Ptasnik </div> <div class="field-deck"> An extensive research project to help further understand the needs of specifiers and wearers of above-the-neck personal protective equipment (PPE) found that comfort, compatibility and style were important. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When safety managers are selecting protective eyewear, do they only focus on the eyes? Or do they think about protecting the entire head, if necessary, and how integrating eyewear with other protective equipment can provide better protection for employees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eye, Face & Head News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:42:00 +0000 54531 at Mine and Process Service Inc.